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Old 02-14-2017, 10:21 AM
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Newbie here so if there is another thread on this please let me know...

Last 4th of July we went with friends to visit Tybee Island, GA. It was a very very laid back and low key town. We stayed in a small 2 bedroom cottage across the street from a playground. Across the street from that was the beach. We rode our bikes across the island for ice cream. We watched fireworks. I wore shorts and a tank top 5 days in a row. I wore makeup 0 days in a row. We took our kids everywhere and nobody cared what they did. WE LOVED IT.

Our friends are not returning this year and I'm wondering if there is something similar a bit closer in the NC beach area. I hear a lot about the outer banks but there are so many towns. Do you know of anything that sounds as low key as what I am describing?
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Old 02-14-2017, 10:34 AM
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All NC beaches are low key. Location and cost are primary factors. Where do you live? Whats your budget for a weekly rental? Carolina Beach and Oak Island would probably work for you in southeast NC.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:54 AM
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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Yes, all beaches in NC are relaxing. No hustle and bustle. Holden, topsail, surf city, wrightsville, carolina ect. You can't choose wrong. The last 4 I know for sure are bike friendly beaches. Obx I can't comment on , I went there once and the beach was all shells and painful to walk on. That being said it was an awesome area and the sand can change. Most people seem to like Corolla and Duck.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:39 AM
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Depends on how laid back you want to go. Topsail Beach, Surf City, Holden, Oak Island, Sunset and Carolina Beach are all pretty low key. Riding bikes in any of these towns shouldn't be a problem. I'm most familiar with Topsail and the OBX beaches and IMO, Topsail is more laid back than OBX, at least anywhere from Nags Head to the north. Duck and Corolla are nice, all of it is nice but more people there in the summer than the southern beaches.

The larger neighborhood communities along the OBX make for great bike riding with kids. Points south of Nags Head are more low key, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Hatteras.

With toddlers, you may find the waters (ocean) at the southern beaches a bit more hospitable than those along the OBX but any day/week anywhere can offer calm and flat conditions.
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Old 02-18-2017, 04:08 PM
Location: Chapelboro
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I would pick one of the Brunswick County beaches (south of Wilmington). The waves are usually fairly gentle (not Gulf Coast gentle, but similar to Tybee). The OBX has rougher surf and is very popular with surfers for that reason. The sand at the Brunswick Co beaches will be similar to Tybee, too. The Brunswick Co beaches are big and wide. Lots of times there are tide pools at low tide which are great for a toddler to play in. We like Sunset and Ocean Isle, but I've heard other folks rave about Holden. Lots of folks like Oak Island and Bald Head Island is pretty swank.

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